October 29, 2011

Fort Wayne Canterbury tops Evansville Mater Dei 3-0 to win Fourth State Title
Fort Wayne Canterbury scored three second half goals to win its fourth state title in a 3-0 win over Evansville Mater Dei at Kuntz Stadium in Indianapolis. 

After a scoreless first half, Canterbury finally broke through with 28 minutes remaining as junior Cole Walker set up senior Adam Antalis for his 11th goal of the season. Two final goals by sophomore Britt Watts sealed the deal for the top-ranked Cavaliers against No. 2 Mater Dei.

Although Canterbury was in control of the pitch for most of the game, Mater Dei had its opportunities to score.  An early shot on goal by junior Austin Hoefling as well as another attempt on goal with 31 minutes remaining in the first half were both turned away by Canterbury’s goalie, Chase Walker. Canterbury countered that pressure with some of their own as sophomore Britt Watts attempted two shots on goal before the end of the half.

Under Coach Greg Mauch, Fort Wayne Canterbury ended their state title season with a record of 18-1-4. Mauch was also guiding the Cavaliers in the previous championship seasons of 1997, 1998 and 2001. Evansville Mater Dei, coached by Matt Settles, finished its year at 17-6-1 and its first appearance in the state finals.

Andy Hamilton of Evansville Mater Dei wins Mental Attitude Award
Andy Hamilton of Evansville Mater Dei High School was named winner of the 2011 C. Eugene Cato Mental Attitude Award for Boys Class A Soccer by members of the IHSAA Executive Committee.

The four-year soccer letterwinner also has been a three-year member of the Wildcats swim team and a four-year member of the track team. Throughout his career, Hamilton has earned Academic All-City honors in soccer and in track.

Hamilton is part of the Riley Dance Marathon Committee, Spanish Club, Prom Committee, Skills for Life, and the Student Ambassador program at Mater Dei.
He helps coach at the West Deanery Soccer Camp, and volunteers at Deaconess Hospital and at his parish church.

Andy is the son of Greg and Karen Hamilton of Evansville.  He plans to study physical therapy next year at the University of Indianapolis. 

Indiana Farm Bureau Insurance, the IHSAA’s corporate partner, presented a scholarship check for $1,000 to Evansville Mater Dei High School in the name of Andy Hamilton.  Since 1989, more than $745,000 in college scholarships have been presented by Indiana Farm Bureau Insurance to deserving high school students in Indiana.